There are plenty of ways to add drama to your life.
Tell your best friend you’ve always hated her haircut.
Let your siblings know that Mom said you’re her favorite.
Ask Kanye West about his political opinions.
But there’s one easy way to add drama to your life for maximum fun:
Watch Korean dramas.
Yes, watching those wonderful Korean TV shows is a terrific way to dramatize your surroundings in the best possible way. Not only do you get to ride the emotional roller coaster you crave, you can also improve your Korean language skills along the way.
Korean video is always engaging since it combines listening practice with visuals that help you understand what you’re hearing.
However, Korean dramas take “engaging” to a whole new level, allowing you to pair your Korean learning with intense situations and heart-wrenching scenarios.
It’s enough to make any Korean student drop everything and go on a learning binge.
And luckily, with all the internet has to offer, that learning binge never has to stop.
The six resources below can give you all the drama you need.
Why Watch Korean Dramas Online?
First of all, K-dramas do two things for Korean language learners. K-dramas are rich in drama and comedy, and they can even offer insightful commentary on modern life and society within Korea.
In that way, they can be much more than entertainment: K-dramas become fruitful lessons not only on the Korean language, but also on Korean culture. With so many K-dramas to choose from, you’re bound to find one that improves your competence in Korean—and entertains you along the way.
Don’t know which K-drama to watch? Then we recommend you check out the following video about how to study Korean the right way with Kdramas on FluentU’s YouTube channel.
Further, online resources allow you to watch your favorite shows wherever you are. Different online viewing options allow you to watch on your computer, through your Roku or smart TV and/or on your favorite device. Being able to watch wherever you are is not only convenient, it also makes it much more likely that you’ll work regular viewing (and learning!) into your busy schedule.
Additionally, watching on a computer or device gives you easy access to additional resources. While most dramas have subtitles, you may still want to look into what you’re hearing a little more. Watching online allows you to pause quickly to look up words, phrases or grammar rules that you’re unsure about.
Speaking of which, when you’re using your computer or favorite device to watch dramas, you can easily switch between TV binging and active Korean video learning with FluentU.
FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
Finally, watching Korean dramas online gives you access to a broader array of programs. Being able to watch a wider variety of dramas means that you can more easily select programs that target specific thematic vocabulary sets. Plus, with so many Korean TV shows available, you’ll have a virtually endless amount of Korean learning material.
More Drama, Please! 6 Places to Watch Korean Dramas Online
Viki offers a huge array of Asian movies and TV shows, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and, of course, Korean.
You can filter by region to home in on Korean options. From there, you can also filter the results to focus exclusively on TV (no need to browse through any movies when you’re ready for a long binge with plenty of continuing plot line). In total, Viki currently offers nearly 500 Korean dramas. Viki even includes a “learn mode” that provides dual subtitles in Korean and English.
Viki offers both established shows and its own original content. Some of Viki’s most popular Korean drama offerings include “꽃보다 남자” (“Boys Over Flowers”), “별에서 온 그대” (“My Love From the Star”) and “태양의 후예” (“Descendants of the Sun”).
Viki has an array of viewing options. You can watch content from the comfort of your computer, but Viki also offers apps for Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV and Chromecast. You can also watch on your favorite Android device, Apple device or Fire device.
While Viki offers a lot of shows for free, there are ads with free viewing. If you prefer your TV shows ad-free in HD and want greater access to new programs, you may want to consider subscribing.
OnDemand Korea focuses solely on all things Korean, so you won’t have to filter through other options to get your fix of the Korean language. Not only can you find plenty of Korean dramas on OnDemand Korea, you’ll also have access to an array of music videos, news, sports, variety shows and movies.
Subtitling options vary between programs. Some programs offer English subtitles, some offer Korean subtitles and some offer Chinese subtitles. Up for a challenge? Some programs have no subtitles. If you have a subtitling preference, however, you can filter through programs to find your preferred scheme.
If you’re not ready to go all-in on viewing programs without subtitles or with Korean-only, some popular shows with English subtitles include “별이 되어 빛나리” (“The Stars Are Shining”), “아름다운 당신” (“Beautiful You”) and “모두 다 김치” (“Everyone Kimchi” or “Everybody, Kimchi!”).
You can watch most of OnDemand Korea’s drama options for free. However, a few require a premium membership, which also removes the ads and allows you to watch online, on a mobile device, on a tablet or on your Apple TV. Plus, you can even watch new shows within one hour of their broadcast in Korea—perfect for giving you something fun to talk about with your Korean conversation partner.
Kocowa is all about Korean TV, from music-related programming to athletic competitions to your favorite Korean dramas.
And Kocowa has plenty of Korean dramas to round out your viewing options, with English subtitles to make watching a little easier. Popular programs include “역도요정 김복주” (“Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok-joo”), “오렌지 마말레이드” (“Orange Marmalade”) and “화랑” (“Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”).
You can access many shows for free online. With a subscription, you get unlimited access and no ads.
If you want to access some shorter clips from your Roku, mobile device, smartphone or smart TV, you can also check out Kocowa’s YouTube channel.
If you need a fresh excuse for your next Netflix binge, “studying” might be just the one.
And Netflix has no shortage of Korean dramas for you to study diligently. To find your new favorite, just search “Korean dramas.” From there, you can even narrow down to more specific categories, like “romantic Korean TV dramas,” “Korean supernatural TV dramas” and “Korean TV dramas about friendship.”
Some popular Korean dramas on Netflix include “힘쎈여자 도봉순” (“Strong Girl Bong-soon”), “청춘시대” (“Hello, My Twenties!”) and “미스터 션샤인” (“Mr. Sunshine”).
All of Netflix’s Korean dramas offer English subtitles. Some also offer Korean subtitles.
Korean dramas are available with your Netflix subscription, and Netflix allows you to watch on your computer, Roku, smart TV or favorite device.
Hulu offers a nice selection of Korean dramas.
To find them, you can simply search “Korean dramas” or type in the name of the show you’re looking for.
Popular dramas that Korean students might love include “오 마이 비너스” (“Oh My Venus”) and “당신이 잠든 사이에” (“While You Were Sleeping”).
You can watch your favorite Korean dramas on Hulu with a subscription. Hulu works on a variety of devices, so you can take your favorite dramas with you wherever you go.
OK. Some of the material on YouTube will definitely come and go due to copyright issues, but if you search, you’re bound to find some Korean programs lurking around at any given moment.
To find them, you can search “Korean dramas” or “Korean dramas full series.” Otherwise, read up on Korean dramas, see which show seems most appealing, and try searching its name in YouTube. Many videos are subtitled in English, though you’ll also find some without subtitles, particularly if you use Korean-language search terms, like 드라마 or 한국드라마 (both phrases refer to Korean dramas).
So why not add a little Korean drama into your life? These six resources will give you all the drama you crave.